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Figure 8 and Windmills

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Mother and daughter bend and touch their toes in yoga poses in the living room | Bright Horizons | Yoga + Mindfulness | Movement Activities

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to cross the midline which we need for developing fine motor skills, reading skills, and executive function.

Materials Needed:

  • Chalk

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction, and 2 or more participants/players.

Directions:

Figure 8

  1. Use the chalk to draw a large figure 8 on a driveway, etc.
  2. Start in the middle and walk the figure 8. Do this multiple times in a variety of ways. For example: change direction, walk backward, hop, slide feet, or even ride a bike or scooter around the figure 8.

Windmills

  1. Stand tall and then bend at the waist to touch toes.
  2. Alternate touching toes- right-hand touches left foot, left hand touches the right foot.
  3. Return to a standing position and do the same thing but this time touch hands to knees.

Extension: Sit on the floor, lean back and bring knees to opposite elbow, repeat.

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